Archives for February 2018

Man Facing Molestation Charges in Linn County

A Brookfield man is facing molestation charges in Linn County. Charges were filed this week in against 25-year-old Robert E. Jones III, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at a residence in Brookfield on Monday. Police were notified by the victim’s mother that Jones had assaulted her daughter Monday afternoon. The mother of the victim told officers Jones had been hired to do yard work at the house. The victim was left alone with Jones for a short time as her mother ran an errand, and when she returned she found her daughter in tears. The victim told her mother that Jones had carried out sexual acts on her. According to the probable cause statement, Jones said he was aware of his victim’s age. He was being held at the Macon County Jail on $100,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court for arraignement on Tuesday morning.

Follow Up Audit Coming for Putnam County Memorial Hospital

The Missouri State Auditor’s office will conduct a followup audit on Putnam County Memorial Hospital Back in August, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s audit of the hosptial in Putnam County uncovered $90 million in inappropriate lab billings by hospital leadership and associates. The investigation started after auditors identified serious concerns with the hospital’s financial condition during a regularly scheduled audit of Putnam County. Galloway’s office announced this week she has plans for the followup audit. She says that the questionable billing put the employees, the people the hosptal serves, and the existence of the hospital at risk. Galloways office will be looking for things like, improved oversight over the functions of the hospital, changes in the management contract, and improvemtns in the hosptial’s the fiscal situation.

Macon Police Ask for Assistance in Identifying Suspects

The Macon Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying two male subjects regarding an ongoing shoplifting investigation at the local Walmart. Macon Police have posted pictures of the suspect and their vehicle on facebook. Officer Livingston is requesting anyone who has any information on these individuals or any information on the vehicle pictured to call the Macon Police Department at 660-385-2195 or the Macon Police Department Tip Line at 660-395-1111.

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The Macon Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the two male subjects shown in the photos…

Posted by Macon, MO Police Department on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Time For Some Fun In The Water In Kirksville

Time for some fun in the water in Kirksville. Karen Johnson has details.

Gather ’round, maties at the Kirksville Aquatic Center this weekend for the Winter Cardboard Boat Race. Seas the day and show up with your cardbaord vessel in tow, and be ready to paddle! Boat Cap’ns and a crew of up to 3 additional mateys of all ages will race to the finish to see who can float their cardboard boat the fastest, and who will tragically sink to the briny deep! There are multiple award categories. Adults, there will even be a category for you old sea dogs. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be on hand to register children grades K – 5 for their programs. The event starts at 12:30PM, and you can find the rules online at: I’m Karen Johnson.

Reaction To The Indictment Of Governor Greitens

Reaction to the indictment of Governor Greitens. Karen Johnson has more information.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is calling his indictment on invasion of privacy a “disappointing and misguided political decision.” He is facing felony charges related to an admitted affair and accusations of blackmail. Greitens has repeatedly denied he blackmailed a woman he had a brief affair with. The woman’s husband released an audio tape in which she said Greitens took a nude photo of her and threatened to expose it if she ever went public.Court documents indicate Greitens knowingly took the photograph without her knowledge and consent and in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Greitens statement says, “As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor. I did not commit a crime.” The indictment is already reviving calls for Greitens’ resignation. I’m Karen Johnson

Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission Welcomes New Member

The Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission has a new member. Last week during their meeting, the Commission introduced Nathan Tiedemann, who is filling the seat vacated by Clarke Wilson. Tiedemann is a graduate of Kirksville High School and Northeast Missouri State University. His experience includes: 30 years in retail sales; 20 years in automotive sales and management; along with a background in real estate.

Donations Still Being Accepted for Special Olympics

irksville’s Polar Plunge raised thousands of dollars this year. The 2018 Polar Plunge in Kirksville raised $13,700. Taki Laberis was recognized as the top individual fundraiser for the event, bringing in $1,028 in donations. Emily Bushway was awarded first place “Golden Plunger” for her costume. The funds raised go to Special Olympics Missouri. Donations are still being accepted at The goal is $25,000.

Kiwanis Club Fundraiser for Parton Imagination Library Program

The Kirksville Kiwanis Club will hold a trivia tournament and silent auction next month to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program and other Kiwanis-sponsored programs. The events will be held at the El Kadir Shrine Club the night of March 3rd. The silent auction will begin at 6PM, and the trivia tournament starts at 7PM. Teams can register for the event until tomorrow on the event page on Facebook. Find it at

KFD Is Providing Free Car Seat Checks

The Kirksville Fire Department will be providing free car seat checks! Karen Johnson explains.

This free event will take place at the Kirksville Fire Station tomorrow from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Residents are invited to stop by, with or without their children, and ensure their child is protected in case of a motor vehicle collision. In the event of poor weather, the car seat checks will be held inside the Fire Station garage. Over 83% of car seats are out-of-date, facing the wrong direction, or installed incorrectly. Let the KFD help you protect your children! The free cart seat checks are provided as part of the Child Passenger Safety Technician Class, hosted by the KFD and the Northeast Missouri Alliance for Passenger Education and Safety (NEMO APES). For more information, contact the KFD by calling 660.665.3734 or via email at Visit us on Facebook at I’m Karen Johnson

School Safety Concern In Shelby

School safety concern in Shelby. Karen Johnson has details.

A few days ago, the North Shelby High School Superintendent’s Office was contacted by a student who came into the administration office.The student received an inappropriate, social media message and the school investigated immediately. According to Superintendent Kim Gaines, no gun or weapon was ever on the premises at North Shelby and everyone was safe. The school contacted the Sheriff’s Office to assist in the investigation.Sheriff Dennis Perrigo with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office tells KHQA his office took a report of one Juvenile sending a social media message to another juvenile but would not release the context of the message. Appropriate measures have been taken and the incident is still under investigation. I’m Karen Johnson